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teacherhead.com anniversary. High five.

The birthday blog is an annual ritual that I feel compelled to maintain just to chart the life of the blog over time.  May 11th was the 5th anniversary of my original  Hello World page. It’s been a chaotic kind of year; a massive rollercoaster  — undoubtedly the most difficult and stressful of my career. … Continue reading

School Leadership in 12 slides.

Last week I was asked to lead a workshop on leadership for some middle and senior leaders.  Here are some of the ideas I shared.   Believe me, I’m not preaching from on high.  I’ve had some successes but there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t run through some kind of imagined … Continue reading

Presentation: potentially a powerful proxy for progress. #shortblog

One of my frustrations with my last inspection experience was the high-speed book flick-throughs that were passed off as valid scrutinies of standards.  Essentially, in the time given to each book, in some cases, it could only really have been presentation that was being evaluated.  It was annoying when a teacher of a KS3 class was … Continue reading

Context is King. #shortblog

Just a quick observation: In our educational discourse, we make too many generalisations about a wide range of issues that ignore the context in which people operate.  I’m visiting schools all over the country and I’ve worked in lots of types of schools – it’s an inescapable fact that the specific context in which we operate … Continue reading

Headship Headaches: A brief index of leadership metaphors.

Hamster Wheel:  Everyone is running round and round and round, getting nowhere fast but working really hard.  There’s only one solution.  Step off the wheel… STOP.  Take a look around and think.  What the hell are we doing? Let’s try something different…. Permanent White Water:  There is no point telling people that it will pass; … Continue reading

Just Great Teaching: A CPD Day with @teacherhead and @RossMcGill

Between 2000 and 2005 I had the pleasure of working with Ross Morrison McGill at Alexandra Park School in Haringey.  We’ve since supported each other with our blogging activities over the years but, aside from several teachmeets, never properly worked together until now.  We both have a strong interest in developing good school-based models for … Continue reading

A word of thanks: our profession is packed with brilliant passionate people.

Sometimes I feel it is necessary to state the obvious.  Teachers and schools leaders are horribly taken for granted in the political bun-fight.  I’ve been out on the road recently and what strikes me is that, wherever I go, I meet the most amazing people.   Our profession is packed with such passionate, brilliant, dedicated … Continue reading

Ten teaching techniques to practise – deliberately.

It’s a well-established idea that, to develop expertise in a particular skill or technique, you need to practise. The more you practise, the better you get.  As outlined by the excellent people at Deans for Impact in their Practice with Purpose document, it helps to identify a specific element of your teaching to practise on and … Continue reading

WEEP: CLAP, LAUGH or CRY. A policy proposal.

As part of the second birthday celebrations for the wonderful Datalab,  I had the honour of representing the Headteacher’s Roundtable (who still let me sit around the table) presenting a policy proposal to be considered by the great and the good at the gathering captured here: Reflecting on Datalab's first two years #datalabturnstwo pic.twitter.com/lWiVxBOn7G — … Continue reading

6 things to get right in every school.

Over the years and in recent months I’ve seen lots of different, fascinating schools with great Headteachers; it’s so interesting to see how things are done in different places and the relative importance certain issues are given.  Currently nearly everyone is talking about budget constraints, the challenge of implementing curriculum changes at every Key Stage … Continue reading

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